Holiday shopping is upon us. Does anyone else share my sense of creeping panic? I don’t like shopping under normal circumstances. Factor in the holiday madness, and it’s all over. Malls make me itchy. Online shopping it is.
Fortunately, the darelings are easy. They’re already conditioned by our grand consumer culture to blurt out, “I want that! Me, me, me!” at every toy they see on TV or in the print ads. So I figure they’ll be happy with anything.
But I never know what to do for the adults in my life. My family is very geographically dispersed, so I tend to go for the easily shippable items. Books go without saying–I usually give books. But then what else? It’s barely November, and already I’m suffocating under the avalanche of mail-order catalogs: wine gift basket, cheeses and hams, baked goods, fruit, etc.
Anyone have any cute gift ideas to share? Any new online stores to check out? Mail-order gifts you’ve given or received lately that were a pleasant surprise?… Read More »